Coronavirus: English footballers' union seeks urgent talks to protect salaries

Carrie Guzman
March 26, 2020

The message from the league was circulated to clubs stating that they want to close the season as soon as possible, and that they were in talks with the FA over postponing the remaining fixtures amid the coronavirus crisis.

Doing so would help to ease the financial crisis at the top end of the game, with Premier League clubs reportedly facing a £762 million payout to broadcasters if the season can not be completed.

English football is suspended until at least 30 April.

Following a board discussion on Monday, the league says a consensus was reached between clubs to bring the season to an end because of player contracts, many of which are due to expire in May. Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.

One leading agent told Mirror Sport: "The Premier League players will probably accept it as their club is no different in being affected by this but the worry among EFL players will be is if they defer then they may not see the money at all".

A spokesman for the Premier League giants said: "In light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, the club is reviewing dates, policies and procedures around season ticket renewals for next season, along with the administrative processes should games that are now postponed, be either cancelled or played behind closed doors".

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On Tuesday, Birmingham became the first Championship side to ask their players to take wage deferrals, while League Two's Forest Green Rovers said they will use the government's wage-support scheme to keep paying all their staff.

The season is still hanging with no solution as to how the remainder of the season will be handled, but Premier League clubs are planning a meeting next week that will resolve this.

"As with other industries, the current Covid-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game", said a PFA statement.

Players at Bayern Munich and other German clubs have reportedly agreed to take pay cuts.

"We are also in regular discussions at global level regarding areas relating to contractual stability and the eventual resumption of the leagues".

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